Definitions for: Mistake


[n] a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
[n] an understanding of something that is not correct; "he wasn't going to admit his mistake"; "make no mistake about his intentions"; "there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister"
[n] part of a statement that is not correct; "the book was full of errors"
[v] to make a mistake or be incorrect
[v] identify incorrectly; "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"
[v] mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"



Webster (1913) Definition: Mis*take", v. t.
To make or form amiss; to spoil in making. ``Limping
possibilities of mismade human nature.'' --Mrs. Browning.


Mis*take", v. t. [imp. & obs. p. p. Mistook; p. p.
Mistaken; p. pr. & vb. n. Mistaking.] [Pref. mis- + take:
cf. Icel. mistaka.]
1. To take or choose wrongly. [Obs. or R.] --Shak.

2. To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend,
or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's
meaning. --Locke.

My father's purposes have been mistook. --Shak.

3. To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one
person for another.

A man may mistake the love of virtue for the
practice of it. --Johnson.

4. To have a wrong idea of in respect of character,
qualities, etc.; to misjudge.

Mistake me not so much, To think my poverty is
treacherous. --Shak.


Mis*take", v. i.
To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to
commit an unintentional error.

Servants mistake, and sometimes occasion
misunderstanding among friends. --Swift.


Mis*take", n.
1. An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a
misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an
unintentional error of conduct.

Infallibility is an absolute security of the
understanding from all possibility of mistake.
--Tillotson.

2. (Law) Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may
be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to
perform it.

No mistake, surely; without fail; as, it will happen at the
appointed time, and no mistake. [Low]

Syn: Blunder; error; bull. See Blunder.

Synonyms: confound, confuse, err, error, error, fault, misapprehension, misidentify, misunderstanding, slip

See Also: balls-up, ballup, betise, bloomer, blooper, blot, blunder, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, cockup, confusion, construe, corrigendum, distortion, erratum, fall for, flub, folly, foolishness, foul-up, fuckup, identify, imbecility, incursion, interpret, lapse, literal, literal error, mess-up, miscalculation, misconception, miscue, misestimation, misjudge, misprint, misreckoning, misremember, misstatement, mix-up, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement, omission, oversight, parapraxis, renege, revoke, see, skip, slip, slip up, slip-up, smear, smirch, spot, stain, stumble, stupidity, trip up, typo, typographical error

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